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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30

Topics Live concert

Mississippi Half Step-> CC Rider-> Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Keep On Growing-> Big Railroad Blues-> Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In Shakedown Street-> Samson & Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin'-> He's Gone-> Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Merriweather Post Pavilion
Location Columbia, MD

Source <b>flac16</b>
Lineage SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD -> EAC -> FLAC
Taped by
Transferred by Charlie Miller


flac16; SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD -> EAC -> FLAC

Converted By Charlie Miller


Reviewer: tacurtis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2014
Subject: This Shakedown
So for some reason (probably because I'm not a huge fan of the mid-80's) I had never come across this show. The Shakedown is indeed impressive.

If you're looking for other ones, my personal favorite comes from that spring 90 run. The band is great, but it is the crowd that was so impressive, both there that night and on this recording. The pairing with Little Red Rooster is amazing and, as someone noted below, can give you chills.
Reviewer: Jason1969 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2014
Subject: Great Show!
Truly was a great show. Was only my second show, but first real one. Vibe was great, hot summer, plenty of lawn space to party around venue. Tickets were just $11 and not all that scarce. Also, Owsley brand Goony Birds were abundant! The Shakedown was really amazing.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2013
Subject: It's always been $2
The GDead are still alive in '85! For those of you who, like me, have a hard time listening to shows from this era, you gotta give this one a listen. The BEW and the Shakedown St are among the best versions ever. Just an all around Good 'Ol Grateful Dead show!
Reviewer: Buddy Q. Iodine - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 28, 2012
Subject: sorry, paumgarten
I prefer 7/1 and oade's recording of either. Only the shakedown is great on this one.

The idea of "cryptical" was exciting on this tour but the performances were not so hot.
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2012
Subject: Stella Blue
Stella Blue is always beautiful, but this one is as sweet as they come. To date, this is my all time favorite...
Reviewer: Dodge_this - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2008
Subject: Brown-eyed woman
Anyone notice that the liquor costs $2 in this version instead of the usual $5...I also feel this is one of the best BEW I ever heard...Just something really special about it.

This show is great all-around.
Reviewer: billymumphrey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2006
Subject: Better than it sounds
I went to this Meriweather show and unfortunately none of these recordings really gives you the sense of this great show - the shakedown reached a cresendo where the crowd just erupts - I always thought you could grade a dead show by the number of crowd eruptions - something that still sends shivers down my spine - nothing like a LIVE grateful dead concert!
Reviewer: DTSECOFR21 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2006
Subject: Shakedown
Sound Quality 5.0; Show Quality 5.0. As good a Shakedown as there is. Phenomenal recording and Phil sounds great. PA system had some issues that day.
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2006
Subject: done shook
wow, indeed that is the sweetest Shakedown St. Ive heard. Grooves the whole way thru.
Reviewer: Maggie'sPa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2006
Subject: Gimme Some Lovin' !!!
There are so many great aspects of this show, it's hard to single out any one tune from these setlists. That being said, however, I MUST mention the GSL in the 2nd. Between Jerry's fanning, Brent's screaming, and Phil's excellent/ spot-on vocals, there are clear indicators of this being one of( if not THE) best of all time!
The show is an overall monster- playing 5, setlist 4. Treat yourself and download it!
Reviewer: bencterry - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2006
Subject: unreal 2nd set
This show has a mind-blowing 2nd set. Great SBD, the mix and sound quality is awesome. This is easily the best shakedown ever played, and it recently got it's deserved respect, being selected as the opening tune for the '06 kpfa marathon. The nuances and subtlety of Jerry's playing are such a pleasure to listen to. His playing was so unbeliveably refined and sophisticated, although not always as sharp, by this point. Highly recommended show!
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2006
Subject: Best Shakedown Ever?
The source i was able to find for download is a clear SBD - but with a little "tape wobble" - and the aforementioned equalization issues. Bass is actually mixed way up but not in a good way. Overall sound is a little thin and trebly.

That said - this is a typical early 80s sounding Dead show SBD/tape. The tape wobble gets a little more noticable than you'd like towards the end, but it doesn't ruin the recording.

I love me a good live Shakedown and I agree that this one is one of the best. Midway through the jam, Brent throws a few bars of a kinda cheesy VERY 80s inspired inspirational sounding keyboard sequence into the mix ... but in context it tickles me and I'm glad it's there. I can only imagine what it sounded like there at the show with a head full of vitamin LSD.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 30, 2005
Subject: hot sugarmag
the whole show rocks 5 stars,
Reviewer: pwfurther - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2005
Subject: Awesome
Thanks CM for the upgrade, brings back lots of cool memories.
Reviewer: Terrapin31590 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2005
Subject: Huge Upgrade - Must Download
I'm normally not that effusive about my reviews, ok, sometimes I am, but for any fan of this show, this upgrade is an order of magnitude (for the math geeks among us) better than the previously (and widely circulated) SBD. The hiss that is so prevelant in the old 'board is essentially removed, revealing (and leaving) a close to pristine SBD of a great night in MD.

The 2d Set Shakedown is widely (and rightly) identified as one of the best ever and the He's Gone>Cryptical is goose bump inducing. The Space segment is all-world, alot of funky '85 atari-type sound effects and trippy bells/whistles that melts into a sick Other One.

Thanks Archive, a 1000 times thanks, for providing these gems for dead heads everywhere.

Reviewer: David Bolewski - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2005
Subject: Reducing treble works miracles!
Reduce the treble to zero and you should be able to eliminate most of the high end that's associated with high end hiss(aka 'snakes') and then normal high end will be restored.It's a miracle how much difference it makes. try it.Which means a definate download. for an 85 sbd i'd really give it a 4 and 4 for performance.
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